The 29th edition of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open takes place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha and will be held in the second week of March. This tournament has moved on from its usual schedule as it is usually scheduled for early season.
We are not talking about a Grand Slam tournament or a Masters 1000 but many champions of the present and the past have participated in this tournament, think of Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, Nikolay Davydenko, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer while the last winner of this tournament was Andrey Rublev who won it last January.
In five weeks we will see Dominic Thiem, Gael Monfils, Roberto Bautista Agut and Stan Wawrinka dueling for the victory of the Doha tournament and with them will be Roger Federer! The Swiss champion, twenty times winner of Grand Slam titles, returns to the field after more than a year since he does not play exactly from the Australian Open 2020 where he played the last match in the semifinals against Novak Djokovic and since that day Roger has experienced the most long of his career.
Federer underwent a double surgery that effectively conditioned and slowed his 2020. Roger Federer went to Dubai in December and has been training intensely since those days but decided to skip the 2021 Australian Open not feeling ready yet.
Roger will return to Doha and play this event where he has been absent since 2012. Tariq Zainal, secretary general of the Qatar Tennis Foundation, is thrilled to see Roger in Doha after so many years and commenting on his choice said: "We are delighted to have the great Roger back.
Federer for this year's Doha tournament. It's always a pleasure to have athletes of his caliber and this year's event promises to be bigger than ever. Doha is the home of great tennis and for years many champions have decided to participate in our tournament.
We look forward to welcoming all players to this annual tennis party."
Federer has no specific date in mind for his retirement
More than winning Grand Slam tournaments, playing with fitness in front of fans is Roger Federer’s current goal.
“The most important thing for me is to be completely healthy again,” he added. “And of course, that the fans can return to the stadiums. I followed tennis the last few months with melancholy”. The 103 ATP titles winner has one of the most prominent careers in tennis history.
And to set an end date on it is unfathomable. However, the Swiss maestro is still passionate about tennis and wants to see where it leads him. “I haven’t set a specific date for the end of my career. We will now give it a go.
For now, the goal is to play for the whole season. Then we’ll see how my body has reacted and how the results were,” Roger revealed.